Haunted Trails of Big Ridge

Ghost House Trail

There are several claims of activity involving the Ghost House Trail.  The first has to do with Maston Hutchinson’s daughter Mary. Mary’s loved ones claimed to hear her cries coming from the bedroom just hours after she had fallen victim to tuberculosis.  People walking near the spot where the house used to stand claim to still hear Mary’s 17430933_10208791478605245_910868593_ocries.  A phantom dog has also been spotted on the trail.  This claim dates back to the same night that Mary died.  Her family and friends were traveling along the road leading to the where house once stood when a dog appeared out of the woods and crossed the path.  Park goers claim to hear the panting of the dog coming from the woods.  The final claim about this trail revolves around the family cemetery.  Many claim that if you take a picture near the graves you can see the silhouettes of the long dead standing behind them in the picture.  The name Ghost House Trail certainly seems to be a fitting name for this trail.

Indian Rock Trail

17408026_10208791479005255_1680745878_oThe trail leads past the spot where Peter Graves was ambushed, scalped and killed by
Native Americans.  On many occasions, hikers have claimed to see the mutilated body of Peter walking around the area where he was brutally murdered.

Old Mill Trail

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Norton Grist Mill marks the spot where a young girl was hung by her father.  She had been accused of being a witch.  Her sprit is said haunt the trail that leads to the mill.  Not much else is known about this haunting.

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On many occasions, park visitors have seen a man walking in the woods far from the nearest trails.  This man has been spotted by park rangers, who describe him as being middle-aged and wearing a red flannel shirt and gray work pants.  He never speaks, just simply materializes and vanishes with out a trace.  No one knows who this man is or if it is even paranormal.

Our Investigation:

For more info, check out these sites:

https://rootsrated.com/stories/exploring-east-tennessees-eerie-trails

http://archive.knoxnews.com/news/local/haunted-hikes-planned-in-big-ridge-state-park-ep-402840410-357467771.html

http://www.onlyinyourstate.com/tennessee/haunted-tn-hike/

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Helen’s Bridge EVP Sessions

During our trip to Asheville we decided to stop by the infamous Helen’s Bridge. While we where there we conducted several EVP sessions which we intended to post to our YouTube channel.  However, upon further review of the sessions we found that they were heavily contaminated with sounds from the near by city and the wind.  We have decided not to post these EVP sessions because of the contamination.

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When we return to Helen’s Bridge for a full investigation it will be at night, in hopes to reduce the amount of audio contamination.  For the full investigation we will be bringing our EMF meter, infrared camera, and the spirit box.  The EMF meter should prove to be very useful, we can conduct several different test with it and since there are no power lines above the bridge the results should not be contaminated.  If the claims are true about the apparition of girl the infrared camera will help to capture evidence of her existence.  We have had a lot of success with the spirit box during our investigations and the results are harder to contaminate than EVP sessions.

Directions

If you are interested in checking out Helen’s Bridge for yourself, here is a map to help you find it.  The dot on the map is almost the exact location of the bridge.  If you follow College St all the way to the end you will eventually cross under the bridge.  At the intersection of Vans Gap Rd, Beaucatcher Rd and College St there is a little area to park your car in.  From there, their is a little trail that will take you up to the top of the bridge.  Hopefully these directions are helpful.

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Update

Hey Guys!

We are working hard on editing the full length Bethesda Church investigation video.  Sorry it is taking so long to complete, but it is proving to be very tedious.102_0044

  • While you wait on the Bethesda Video we plan to release  a couple of EVP clips that were captured during our investigation at The Baker Peters House.
  • We are also in the process of reviewing all of the photos we took during our private investigation. Once we are done we will upload them to a gallery for everyone to view.
  • All of the audio from the private investigation has been reviewed and we cant wait to share what we found!

Fundraiser

We recently started a gofundme campaign in order to raise some money that we need to buy more equipment and fund our documentary, which is one of our biggest dreams.  We have some equipment already but we really could use some more cameras, which are not cheap.  We currently only have one night vision camera and if something happens to that we will not be able to make videos.  Also, we will be using some of the money that we raise to fund investigations at Waverly Hills Sanatorium, Octagon Hall, and a couple of other places that charge investigation fees.  All donations are greatly appreciated and we have some incentives set up for everyone who donates. Help us accomplish our dream!11216117_10204093649882463_1521593989_n

History of Bethesda Church in Russellville, TN

100_1003Constructed in 1835, Bethesda Presbyterian Church is a remnant of the Civil War’s effect on East Tennessee. As the war began, the congregation divided in two: many sided with the Confederacy, though many more still were Union sympathizers. During this period, the church closed its doors. The Battle of Bean Station took place on December 14, 1863. After this historic battle, Confederate General James Longstreet arrived at Bethesda Church with 25,000 men who were stationed on the land until February 1864. During this time, the church served as a hospital. In the cemetery just outside the church doors, over 80 unknown soldiers were buried in mass graves. While some Union soldiers were laid to rest here, most of the unknown dead are presumed to have fought for the Confederacy.

In October, Federal troops pushed closer to the encampment at Bethesda during an engagement 100_1000known as “Vaughn’s Stampede.” In November, Confederate troops pushed the Union soldiers back west towards Knoxville. This battle is known as “Gillem’s Stampede.” During this push, a cannonball smashed through the eastern wall and caused severe structural damage. The walls were quickly repaired and reinforced with iron bracings and rods that can be seen in the photo to the right. The original pulpit and high-backed pews remain to this day, and the floors lie permanently stained with the blood and disdain of our American predecessors.

As the war ended and soldiers from both sides began to return home, the congregation attempted to compromise and reconvene. Sporadic services dotted the calendars. Between 1866 and 1871, sympathizers of each cause sat in the outer pews, leaving the middle column empty. Eventually, one side left and helped form the First Presbyterian Church of Morristown. The remaining church body stayed through 1875. However, in time, the majority began attending the new Russellville Presbyterian Church.

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Bethesda has remained closed since that time, save for a few irregular services held for major Christian holidays such as Easter. Now the building stands to serve as a reminder of the sacrifice of our ancestors in East Tennessee. Within its walls and grounds lies the story of a church body that symbolized the civil issues of the time. This once-unified group of people was just another casualty of a war among brothers.

 

As for potential paranormal activity, many have claimed to see apparitions of restless Confederate soldiers both inside and outside the church. The apparition of a weeping woman has also been seen on the far side of the cemetery. Her cries are often heard late at night. We have also heard reports of a “witch” buried on the grounds near the woods.

We investigated Bethesda Church and the surrounding grounds this past Sunday evening. Check back soon to see what we found!

It’s been a huge week for KPR…

Every night this week, KPR has been meeting and brainstorming about what we can do to take the next step forward, and we’ve got some exciting details to share with you guys.

Official Gear

First up, we’re in the process of ordering some official team T-shirts. If you’d be interested in getting one of your own, please let us know and we’ll try to work something out.

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We also just got some brand new gear to use on our next investigation! We now have two new handheld audio recorders, a mic for better audio quality on some anticipated interviews, an EMF detector, and a temperature gun (which would’ve really been a handy thing to have during our investigation of the Baker-Peter’s house when we all noticed a significant temperature change but had nothing on hand to really prove it).

An Aggressive Entity?

We’ve been recently approached by someone concerned that a harmless spirit that has roamed their building for quite some time is now accompanied by something more malicious. We’ve been asked to investigate, so we set up an interview with Darren Holland, a consultant demonologist, in preparation. We’ll have that interview up on our site in the near future.

Next location is LOCKED DOWN!

…And we couldn’t be more excited. We’ve been graciously granted permission to investigate a haunted location in Morristown next weekend. That’s all we can say for now. We’ll reveal more details soon.

And a few surprises left on top of all that…

We have a couple other new pieces of equipment to utilize on our next investigation that we’ll just have to wait to show you! Plus, there are other things in the works that we can’t divulge quite yet. Rest assured, this is going to be a great year for our group! Exciting things to come.

Regards,

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